St. Patrick's Day Reading Challenge

Grade Levels
3rd - 4th
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18 and Google Drive Version
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  1. Monthly engaging and rigorous challenges for students to practice their reading and writing skills. Students practice theme, main idea and detail, compare and contrast, context clues, inferencing, point of view, text structure, text features, character traits, and literal/nonliteral meanings. Why wi
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The students will practice theme, comparing and contrasting, main idea, context clues, inferencing and point of view in this ENGAGING St. Patrick's Day challenge.

The students will go through a series of five challenges. They will be earning clues to find out where the leprechaun is hiding. The leprechaun will leave them a note at the beginning and end of the challenge. At the end they will use their inferencing skills to figure out where the leprechaun is hiding and earn a reward of your choice!

Why will these challenges help your students grow?

Engagement- Students will be engaged from the beginning to the end of the challenges. They won't even realize how hard they are working and how much they are learning about hard skills!

Rigor- These challenges are HIGH LEVEL and make students really think about the text. They also work on many reading skills.

Low Prep- You can just print and do the challenge or you can go all out and transform your room! It truly is up to you! This challenge is also done all on SCRAP paper! So, no copying for you!

What’s Included?

A Google Drive and Paper Version of the Following:

Challenge 1:

Read two different passages and then write a comparison paragraph comparing the two themes of the stories.

Challenge 2:

Read a leprechaun story and then create a character trait profile for themselves and the leprechaun. The students then compare themselves with the leprechaun.

Challenge 3:

Use context clues to solve the clue through the leprechauns sayings.

Challenge 4:

Read the history of St. Patrick’s Day and then create a main idea and detail four leaf clover.

Challenge 5:

Read different accounts of a crime committed during the parade and analyze the different point of views.

After completing the challenge they earn their clue and go to the next. The challenges are checked by you (answer key provided). They do not have to do the challenges in order. When they are done I set up a special St. Patrick's Day spot with books, St. Patrick's Day games, and anything fun!

What are others saying?!

Darcey- Loved that this activity challenged my kids, but kept them so engaged! Great resource.

Mrs.B- I LOVE your reading skill challenges! They are always so fun, engaging, and rich with content!! Thank you so much!

Katherine- Yet another reading challenge that was a hit in my third grade classroom!

Thank you!


I loved doing mini-transformations each month that would engage my kiddos, but I wanted it to be easy to prep. I also wanted the challenge to be very rigorous, so that my students were working very hard during a time that they were also engaged. Lastly, I wanted to make sure we were reviewing and assessing skills monthly. That is where these challenges came into play. Now each month we practice skills, I get a small assessment in, we are SO engaged, we make memories, and we challenges ourselves! I hope you can too!

Much Love,


The Friendly Teacher

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18 and Google Drive Version
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.
Describe the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text (e.g., comparison, cause/effect, first/second/third in a sequence).
Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text.


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